Weber Shandwick Names Gail Heimann President, Chief Strategy Officer; Frank Okunak, Chief Operating Officer

 Weber Shandwick Names Gail Heimann President, Chief Strategy Officer; Frank
                       Okunak, Chief Operating Officer

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Weber Shandwick, one of the world's
leading global public relations agencies, today announced that Gail Heimann
has been named president and chief strategy officer of the firm. An 18-year
Weber Shandwick veteran, Heimann's global remit will include overarching
responsibility for working with practice leaders and their teams to continue
to transform and drive innovation throughout the firm's specialties, products
and services.

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Heimann, chief judge of the PR Jury at the Cannes Lions last year, is
recognized in the industry – and by her teams and clients – as one of the
leading creative and strategic thinkers in the marketing services industry.

"Weber Shandwick's leadership position in our industry reflects a focus on
delivering extraordinary, impactful work for our clients every day, around the
world. Gail's creative and strategic contributions are at the center of many
of these efforts, for key multinational clients," said Andy Polansky, CEO,
Weber Shandwick. "With so much changing in our industry and beyond, her
leadership has been and will be an important driver of the firm's ongoing

Okunak Promoted to Chief Operating Officer
Frank Okunak, Weber Shandwick's Chief Financial Officer, has been promoted to
Chief Operating Officer (COO). Okunak, who also has spent 18 years at the
firm, will have global oversight managing the agency's financial and
administrative operations.

"Operating excellence is a Weber Shandwick hallmark, and Frank has played an
instrumental role in Weber Shandwick's strong business performance over the
past several years," Polansky said.

About Weber Shandwick
WeberShandwick is a leading global public relations firm with offices in 81
countries around the world.The firm has won numerous awards for innovative
approaches and creative campaigns including being named both The Holmes
Report's2012 Global Agency of the Year and the "Most Creative PR Firm in the
World," based on the agency's first-place finish in its "Creative Index," as
well as PR News' 2012 Digital PR Firm of the Year.Major practice areas
include consumer marketing, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial
services, corporate and crisis management. The firm has deep, award-winning
expertise in social media and digital marketing that helps drive engagement.
WeberShandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more
information, visit

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